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WIIXIA3I  VOS  HtTMBOLDT.                   419
the result of his travels, as lias already been alluded
to in Alexander's life.
In the spring  of  18287  "William von   BEuraboldt
made his last         journey.    Madame Ton Billow, his
youngest  daughter,, had remained in Berlin, but was
now to follow lier husband to London. Humboldt
determined with Ms wife and eldest daughter, to
accompany Ms youngest one to her destination^ and
visit Paris at the same time.
On the           of^May,  they left Berlin, and pro-
ceeded direct to Paris^ where they           several weeks,
intending, however,, to make another stay here on
their return from London.
Paris at that time presented a scene of great inte-
rest. It was the time of Gtdzot's, Cousin's Yille-
main^s lectures, the epoch, of a great intellectual revo-
Itition, which contributed with equal force to the over-
throw of the elder Bourbons., to the foundation of a
politicaBy improved time, and to the extension of the
intellectual lite of the French nation. Indeed*, the
whole intellectual life in that capital was striving and
And not  only in a general point of view, but
for special branches of study, Paris offered a rich, store
of treasures.    Paris was the central point for universal
and comparative philology^ and here it flourished most.
Silvestre de Lacy, the father of universal philology in
France, well known to Humboldt from former years,
taught there among a new pMlologicai generation, to
whom, the great German pMlologian. was a well-known
and. honoured name.    In the session of the 19th of
August^ 1825, the Parisian Academy of Inscriptions
and Sciences  had  elected. Mm, and the  pMlologian
Creuzer, in Heidelberg^ as foreign member  (associe
etranger), by an overwhelming majority of vote.   But
lie probably only made the personal accpiaffltanee of
many of the younger pHlologians at this period, such
as ChampollioD, the discoverer of MerogiypMcs^ and
Jacquet,  the adept in Asiatic laBgnages.     He was
especially indebted for a hospitable- reception to Abel-
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